Premier RBs headline Advocare V100 Bowl

DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer Published:

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- Boston College's Andre Williams won the Doak Walker Award this season, edging Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey for the honor that's given to the nation's top running back.

Arizona's players say they have a lot of respect for Williams, but believe the voters made the wrong decision.

The Wildcats will get the chance to state their case in Tuesday's Advocare V100 Bowl between Arizona (7-5) and Boston College (7-5).

"I think everyone on our team wants to help (Carey) prove that he's the better guy," Arizona receiver Terrence Miller said.

Though there is certainly room for debate in the Williams vs. Carey discussion, it's inarguable that both have had impressive seasons.

Both earned a spot on the AP's All-America first team. Williams has slightly better overall numbers, rushing for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns, but Carey isn't far behind, with 1,716 yards and 17 TDs.

Each had signature moments. Williams rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries against North Carolina State to help clinch bowl eligibility for Boston College. Carey rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries in Arizona's upset win over Oregon.

Some running backs would wilt under the workloads given to Williams and Carey. But not these guys.

"The good ones? They just keep getting stronger," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "Andre's like that and Kareem's like that."

Williams, who was also a Heisman Trophy finalist, said he doesn't feel any pressure to prove he was the right choice for the Doak Walker.

"I didn't give myself that accolade so I'm not fighting for it," Williams said. "But football is about competition and I'm always excited to line up on the field against great competition."

Boston College is trying to cap a stunning turnaround this season under first-year coach Steve Addazio, who has taken the Eagles back to the postseason after a 2-10 mark in 2012.

Arizona wants to rebound after a disappointing end to the regular season. The Wildcats started with a 6-2 record, but have lost three of their last four.

Arizona linebacker Jake Fischer isn't expecting a whole lot of trickery from Boston College's offense. He said having Carey as a teammate has helped the Wildcats prepare for Williams.

"We don't think they're going to come out here and do anything fancy," Fischer said. "We think they're going to come out and try to run it down our throat."

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Here are five things to watch in Tuesday's Advocare V100 Bowl:

PREMIER RB MATCHUP: All eyes will be on the running backs at Independence Stadium. Boston College's Andre Williams and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey both earned a spot on the AP's All-America first team. Williams won the Doak Walker Award after rushing for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

WHAT A TURNAROUND: First-year Boston College coach Steve Addazio has led the program to an impressive turnaround this season. Addazio inherited a team that finished with a 2-10 record in 2012, but quickly found success with Williams and veteran QB Chase Rettig.

SECRET WEAPONS: Arizona and Boston College might be known for their running games, but they have other ways to move the ball. Arizona QB B.J. Denker has thrown for 2,241 yards and 14 touchdowns while also rushing for 898 yards and 12 touchdowns. Boston College WR Alex Amidon has caught a team-high 67 passes for 895 yards and five touchdowns.

DIFFERENT STYLES: Arizona and Boston College love to run, but the teams do it in different ways. The Wildcats have more of a spread approach, using option plays and quick tempo to try and keep defenses off balance. Boston College has a traditional style, with an experienced, effective offensive line making room for Williams. The Eagles also use the play-action pass to try and create space for Williams.

CONSISTENT KICKER: Boston College kicker Nate Freese has made 18 of 18 field goal attempts this season. He's one of only three kickers at the FBS level who hasn't missed on a field goal. He's been accurate throughout his career, making 36 of 38 (94.7 percent) over the past two seasons and 67 of 79 (84.8 percent) for his career.

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